Summer Shack Cambridge

4.4
2035 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Summer Shack is a fun, casual, restaurant. Specializing in New England Style Seafood. We offer 8 to 10 different types of oysters daily. Lobsters in varying sizes and styles including our signature clambake. Wonderful local grilled fish and crispy fried seafood. We do offer several non-seafood items as well. Steaks, burgers and award winning fried chicken. We are a children friendly restaurant and we can accommodate larger groups upon request.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2035 people are saying
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EddieG
New England
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is still solid. Feels like the menu has gotten a litte away from its roots, though.

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vipPetrI
New England
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Honest seafood place, excellent service. Fresh oyster tower is recommended.

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MissyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

At first, the Server was abrupt and rude as if we were annoying her. As the night went on, she warmed up. Food…… meh. Probably will not go back.

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vipfunfoodperson
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside, and had great weather. There are canopies and lights overhead. The environment was comfortable. Loved the crab cakes and coleslaw.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast for my parent’s 10 year wedding anniversary! The staff was beyond kind and attentive, and my dad, who is a huge seafood snob, loved the food. Thanks a million!

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RolandW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent lobster roll, and oysters. I tried the Indian pudding too, it was great. Nice vibe and very accommodating staff. I would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I visit here several times a month! This was by far the worst meal I’ve ever had! Dinner for 4 people (one was a kids meal hot dog). Took over an hour, two of our meals arrived cold.

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vipElisaM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Great location for get delicious chicken and seafood. Very casual so more so for lunch than dinner.

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vipSirJohn
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My “go-to” spot whenever I’m in the area. Tonight I enjoyed a refreshing pint of Wachusett Blueberry Ale. For an appetizer, I had six delicious Cotuit oysters 🦪 on the half shell, followed by Summer Shack’s shrimp 🍤 scampi over linguine. As usual, Summer Shack did not disappoint! Always great, fresh seafood at fair prices.

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vipdbal
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy vibe, good service, good food. What's not to like?

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vipChris
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reliably tasty seafood. Crabcake sandwich and the seafood stew were both excellent. Seared tuna was a bit undercooked. Outdoor dining was appreciated (although the mosquitoes showed up around dusk).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Music a bit too loud!

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Nessa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a fantastic find. The inside is large and spaced out well. The food and service was excellent! Will definitely be back.

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MIchaelW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited on a Tuesday for dollar oysters which were very good. They all came from local bays and mostly tasted the same, so chose larger sizes for second round order. Ate at the raw bar inside and watched shuckers and US Open tennis on screen above us. Good selection of local beers on tap. Service was efficient and attentive, enjoyed the evening.

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LauraV
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The waiter was very fast and services was good on timing especially that we were there just about 1 hr and 15min before closing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the freshest seafood, prepared expertly. The value cannot be beat. Dinning outside only adds to the experience.

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JohnH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The raw oysters were outstanding. However, everything else were ho hum. Service was overwhelmed. The fried Fisherman’s s Platter was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible—never got a water refill. Waitress wouldn’t divide checks, even just to a table of 4 (we had a party of 12). Don’t go here.

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Tony
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, bring an big checkbook

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edjan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This review is based upon a Restaurant Week experience, eating in the outside patio, so keep that in mind. Ordered off the special menu for this week. Food was good, although not quite as hot as would have wanted. Tenderloin steak tips weren't quite as tender as would be expected. Portions were above average, and mixed drinks were also generous portions and tasty.

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, beer and service. Loud with lots of kids.

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MarianP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This was my first time at Summer Shack. My shrimp were overcooked and the crust of the coconut pie was hard. I expected a lot more!

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nowwearesix
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate outside so ambiance and noise wasn’t under the control of the restaurant.

It was restaurant week and we went for lunch…one of the best offers from the restaurants

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MaestroN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh, tasty and a great bargain, as it's Dining Out Month. We loved our waitress Janelle who made excellent recommendations. She had tons of tables, yet she remained poised, friendly and speedy. We plan to return.

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robin
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

we ate outside.
Server great for first part, then disappeared for a long time.
Food is always very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Dine Out Boston week and ordered off the special menu. The fish tacos were somewhat disappointing. The rest of our meal was good. Service was excellent. Ready to go back but will not order the fish tacos.

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Rose
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for “Dine out Boston”, and it’s definitely worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great server Sean it iS our go to restaurant great vibe

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Guy was exceptional! Hope to have him serve us again soon!

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BillS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and server, Guy, was terrific—personable and attentive. An enjoyable experience for our group of three!

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vipPeter
New England
73 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Summer Shack in Cambridge had plenty of free parking, a good number of outside tables should you not want to eat inside. Very attentive staff and good menu with many choices. Meals were excellent, well prepared, and high quality ingredients.

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vipEileenM
New England
205 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great lobster roll! We ate it in the pop up patio, which was nice given the COVID numbers rising. We have eaten many a lobster roll in the SS parking lot during the pandemic!

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TDawg
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

My wife took me for my birthday for the buck-a-shuck oysters and lunch. Started with 6 Duxbury oysters, they were great, once they arrived. We also ordered a bowl ($13) of Bermuda fish & crab chowder (it looked, smelled and tasted terrible but we couldn't return it because the waitress never came back). Could have had the famous Lobster Bisque for $1 more, which is even more frustrating!! We also ordered a fried fisherman's platter.

I caught a hostess, only because she had seated another table near us, and ordered another 6 oysters and a spicy tuna sushi (at that point we had eaten some of the soup so decided to not complain). About 10-12 minutes later the sushi arrived, still no platter and still awaiting the add'l oysters. Meanwhile, our waitress, Caroline, walked by us a few times and didn't even acknowledge us, refill our water or ask how we were doing so far.

The platter finally arrived and it was ok not the best we've had, though I did like the tangy coleslaw. About 25 minutes later the 2nd 1/2 doz. oysters arrived, by the hostess, still not Caroline. After waiting another 20 minutes I had to wave down Caroline from the other side of the restaurant to get the check (I gave her a very generous tip, 27%, only because I didn't have change)

All in all, I would probably go back for the oysters on a Tuesday and also get the lobster bisque but otherwise the food was mediocre and the service was terrible!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! We’ve eaten here before and always had a great time. Thanks for keeping up with our expectations!

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vipJohnC
New England
31 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, friendly, well run, great service and fantastic seafood. Best seafood restaurant around.

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PatH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Could have been a larger portion of fried vlams

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Faith
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I’ve dined here lots! I love it and usually have a good experience. But this past time My friend and I shared a few things and both became violently ill. I both e-mailed and called the manager thinking they might want to know, and never heard back, which makes me pretty apprehensive about going back.

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HeleneT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Worth a visit. The spearpoint oysters were outstanding!!!!

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Kate
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good but we had a bit of delay in being seated even though we had reservations. It was very busy. Two dinners arrived at a reasonable time but the third meal was served about 5-8 minutes later. Although he was extremely busy, Our server was very friendly and helpful when we had a few questions about the menu.

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mbcambridge
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and great service- great drinks as well. Very accmodating as we had visitors and spent a while- outside patio is a great innovation.

FAQs

Summer Shack Cambridge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 520-9500.

Summer Shack Cambridge is rated 4.4 stars by 2035 OpenTable diners.

Summer Shack Cambridge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.summershackrestaurant.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.